Maiden pink

Dianthus deltoides

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Maiden pink (Dianthus deltoides)
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Genus:  Dianthus
This mat-forming species with dark green leaves is one of the easiest to grow.  Blossoms range from white to red and are usually single and without fragrance. Use as bedding or in rock gardens.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Self-sows.
Care:  Most rebloom if sheared back after flowering. Requires full sun and sharp drainage and prefers neutral to alkaline soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in fall; divide in spring or fall.
Problems:  Crown rot, slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, chipmunks, squirrels.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Red Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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